Among the class transported to another world, Nagumo Hajime is an ordinary male student who didn't have ambition nor aspiration in life, and thus called "Incompetent" by his classmates.
The class was summoned to become heroes and save a country from destruction. Students of the class were blessed with cheat specifications and cool job class, however, it was not the case with Hajime, with his profession as a "Synergist," and his very mediocre stats.
"Synergist," to put it in another word, was just artisan class. Being the weakest, he then falls to the depth of the abyss when he and his classmates were exploring a dungeon. What did he find in the depth of the abyss, and can he survive?
This is a copy pasted review that I did for the light novel. The manga may or may not be different later down the road, but for now it has been faithful to the source material (even though it skips a few points) so I think the review still applies. I may or may not update this review later as the chapters come out:
I honestly have mixed feelings about this light novel (or web novel or whatevs). On one hand, it has a really promising beginning, and I mean it. It's not your typical "meh promising", it's a "promising promising". On the other, it's squandered
after some chapters. (mild spoilers ahead, skip to TL;DR if you want to avoid them)
You see, during the first few chapters, I wanted to know how the MC would develop and how he would get out of his dangerous situation. It was a story that made me want to read the next chapter as soon I finished one, despite the terrible translation (if you are picky about grammar, oh boy, either stay away or brace yourself...)
But then, at some point, it becomes.... Bad and weird.... What was previously a really good engaging survival story, quickly becomes a wish fulfillment fantasy harem woohoo MC badass gets all the chicks and owns everyone's ass. Don't get me wrong, I like/love stories with overpowered protagonists, but when you do that, you need to make sure that your plot is engaging or at least the characters are good. And Arifureta doesn't have any of those two. The plot is bland and his harem is just... Weird... I give kudos to the writer for not being cliche/mainstream and picking the usual stereotypes, but his harem is just weird. There's no chemistry between the characters and no real connection.
I ended up dropping this novel as soon the MC met a certain someones, since that was the sole reason that kept me going. I literally don't really care what happens next.
Is this worth your time? To be honest with you, I think you should still give it a shot. I know it may sound contradictory, but I honestly think that at the very least the beginning is worth the read. The beginning is a good survival story that may entertain anyone who likes survival, but after that? You can decide for yourself.
TL;DR: Give it a shot, really good start, but may disappoint you later down the road.
This story is an exploration of hope and despair, a journey to its extremity for those betrayed. Bewarn, our MC is a total opposite from the typical heroes found in other Manga. He is just an average boy with below average ability. But this is what makes the story an interesting read. How is the author going to narrate a story of a bullied victim, ridiculed and harassed by classmates, a below average boy that's abandoned and friendless, who's buried deep in the pit of doom?
I did find the pacing to be very fast, perhaps too fast.
I don't think enough time was given to develop the character and backstory. Also, the MC not going the vengeance route might not sound logical, but with further thoughts I realize he did found hope in returning home, so it's actually rather appropriate he focus on this positive resolve. In similarity the MC likens more toward Captain America than Spiderman.
Should I start this manga? That's the question that always plagues my mind when trying to find something to read while waiting for my beloved stories to be released.
-Moderate Spoilers- (If you don't want a quick plot overview skip down to the pros and cons)
The story starts off with MC-kun along with his class being transported to another world (Isekai, who'd have thought it) where they are to be collectively trained up in order to save the world from other beings. Unfortunately for MC-kun, he is betrayed along his journey and finds himself inside what would be a bottomless dungeon, the story follows his grind
to get out and find out who betrayed him. Sounding pretty good so far for the start-up, looking like a decent isekai lets see how it pans out.
MC-Kun drudges through challenge after challenge with the core idea to survive and be reunited with his allies, during this trip he finds another companion who vows to help him in said quest in exchange for free'ing them from their binds.
They continue on their merry way until they reach the end of the dungeon. This is where the shit hit the fan. Chapter 14.5 quickly wrapped up what should have been 2-4 chapters in only a couple of pages, and from there the entire setting, character design, goals and ideals, just changed. It was really weird when it happened because i re-read that chapter about 3 times not being able to figure out if I'd missed something or it was just poor story telling. From here on it was just your standard bland emotionless MC who finds and saves girls for his harem while one shotting his way to victory.
Interesting start for an Isekai
Difficult and gritty goal set
After chapter 14.5 the entire thing just fell apart
Goal was completely dropped
New sub plot was shoved in
Isekai Death-Pit (Where something that should occur over 2-5 chapters is shoved into 2 pages and explains why the MC deus ex machina'd their way into being either OP or not dead, i.e poor writing)
Will I continue to read it?
No, it started out very well and I was reading it eagerly as it came out, but after chapter 14.5 where the Isekai death-pit standard of time leap followed by over-buffing without explanation it became drool, that paired with the original goal and problems being forgotten like they never happened made it a drop for me. I did read on into the "new" plot but it was a major buzz kill for me.
Let's see, the enjoyment would be a 7 but if I were to rate it overall, I'd properly give it a 5 or a 6. Why? Read below.....
*Also MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
1. Firstly, the MC's going with this whole "betrayal" theme here, although I didn't see anyone actually betraying him. I understand that he hates his classmates but when he's going of tangent that they betrayed him, it doesn't make sense at all. Because of the whole betrayal thing, he's become dark and everything but it all feels so fake, like it doesn't have any substance at all(because there's no betrayal). If anything, they were actually
trying to help him.
2. Also, I don't what's going on, but it appears the creators think that either all the readers are kids or either their targeting them, either way the MC's appearance becomes really annoying. It was cool at first, white hair, black veins on his face but then he got a mechanical arm and suddenly he had one of those detective outfits with a tie tucked into a long coat, SPOILER----and he also had one eye. I mean, what are they going for with this appearance, it's clearly overkill.
3. Bringing the present to their world. What do I mean? Imagine a medieval world with horse draw carriages, those medieval like buildings, adventure guilds...all that sort of stuff, now imagine our glorious MC fucking riding on a bike through this place. Honestly, I face palmed so hard. He even has guns that operate like railguns, and hammers that fucking shoot missiles and can change their length. Facepalm again.
4. Also, no explanation of his abilities at all. He suddenly starts eating monster meat and gains their powers...what? Does that mean that if the other heros or even the villagers starting eating the meat they gain such powers? Doesn't that mean that MC is basically powerless if that's the case and if it isn't where's the explanation?
5. Then, any romance at this point feels so weird. With the current appearance of the MC, he reminds of some 50-something cowboy riding off into the dust or something; imagine if one of his 15 year old classmates started dating him...it feels really weird.
6. The breakdown scene before he becomes his current self doesn't make sense at all. Like with the whole betrayal thing, no substance at all. It goes something like this " I don't wanna die...I don't wanna die...I wanna die...I want to go home...I'm going to kill everyone who stands in my way" He just gets up suddenly like that and starts talking, personally, this made absolutely no sense. If it was coupled with actual betrayal then it probably would.
Besides that, I have no other problems. I quite like the other characters, the art and the plot.